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How to improve your health before you conceive
Preconception care prepares your body for a successful, healthy pregnancy and is one of the most responsible choices you can make for you and your baby’s health. It helps eliminate harmful substances from your diet known to affect reproductive and general health and foetal development and should be considered by everyone looking to add another member to their growing family.
“You need a healthy body to make a healthy baby,” explained naturopath and author, Lisa Guy. “It takes three months for female eggs to mature and four months for sperm to mature which is why it is so important to consider preconception care as early as possible, at least four months in advance, to increase your chances of a successful, healthy pregnancy.”
“Being healthy while trying to conceive is vital for both you and your baby. The preconception period is the time to make life changes for you and your partner that can help boost fertility, reduce problems during pregnancy and assist in recovery from birth,” added Lisa.
Here, Lisa outlines her essential tips for preconception care;
- Examine your diet
At no other time in your life is your diet more important than before, during and straight after pregnancy. Eating a wholesome, well-balanced diet is vital and will increase your chances of a successful pregnancy. Try to include at least five portions of fruit or vegetables, protein, fish and some iron-rich food in your diet and make fast food and sweets an occasional treat.
Preconception care aims to eliminate any harmful substances from your diet and environment. With the help of specific herbs, wholesome, natural food and plenty of water your body’s detoxification systems are stimulated to remove toxins. Avoiding toxic substances such as alcohol and tobacco, whilst also reducing your intake of processed and refined food will help kick start the detoxification process. Fill your body with food and substances rich in nutritional value which will offer your baby the best start in life possible.
- Take essential supplements
Although nothing takes away from the significance of a healthy, well-balanced pre-pregnancy diet, nutritional supplementation is extremely important and is known to help prevent congenital defects and malformations often caused by nutritional deficiencies. Taking a supplement every day is a small change that will pay big rewards. When planning your next pregnancy, there are three essential vitamins and minerals your body needs;
- Folic Acid: Essential for healthy foetal development and reducing the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida, folic acid is crucial in pre-pregnancy. You should consider taking folic acid three months prior to conception. Each FABFOL tablet contains 500mcg of folic acid which is the recommended daily intake for the Australian diet.
- Zinc: Zinc works to support and strengthen the immune system and is important for hormone balance and to boost fertility.
- Omega 3: Increasing the intake of omega 3 fats helps support reproductive health.
- Kick unhealthy habits
Making some important lifestyle changes is a great way to prepare for pregnancy and will help ensure a healthy conception. Avoid anything that poses a health risk to you and your baby such as alcohol, cigarettes and some prescription medication. Avoiding the consumption of toxic substances such as alcohol and cigarette smoking during preconception and whilst pregnant, is also highly advisable. Both active and passive smoking and alcohol is known to reduce male and female fertility and may increase the chances of still births and the risk of miscarriages.
- Visit your GP
A trip to your GP for a preconception consult is also important when you begin thinking about adding another daughter or son to your family. Your GP will provide you with expert advice on planning your next pregnancy, discuss any previous complications or concerns during your last pregnancy, health problems, lifestyle issues, diet and organise any essential pre-pregnancy immunisations.
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About Lisa Guy, Naturopath and Author
Lisa is an experienced naturopath and author, and passionate foodie, who runs a Sydney based clinic called ‘Art of Healing’. Lisa has a real love for helping people achieve true health and happiness, through good wholesome food, healing herbs and homeopathic remedies. Lisa is an avid health writer and regular contributor to leading newspapers and magazines. She is the author of three internationally sold books, ‘Pregnancy Essentials’ ‘My Goodness: all you need to know about children’s health and nutrition’, and ‘Heal Yourself’. Lisa has an advanced diploma in naturopathy, nutrition, herbal medicine and classical homeopathy, as well as a health science degree.